The week of July 26, 2015

Offline and Obsolete
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Living life cursed by technology

By Aaron Sankin

Electromagnetic hypersensitivity has stumped medical professionals for decades, but its effects are impossible to ignore.

Features

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The meteoric rise and slow decline of Neopets

By Olivia Coy

How a late-90s website based for virtual pets turned into giant moneymaker—and then lost its way.

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The body is obsolete: Stelarc’s radical experiments with alternate human forms

By Anna Denejkina

The legendary Australian artist explains his decades-long exploration of himself and human body.

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Your retro-chic flip phone won’t help you stay off the grid

By Molly Osberg

Whether out of post-Snowden security concerns or general techno-anxiety, we keep trying to escape our phones.

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Falling down the rabbit hole of ‘Stairway to Stardom’

By Audra Schroeder

Before ‘American Idol’ and ‘The Voice,’ there was this public access show.

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The deadly history of L.A. Lights, the original wearables

By Mike Wehner

L.A. Gear’s kids shoes once lit up playgrounds and in classrooms across the U.S. So where’d they go?